Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his top aides have brushed off rumours that he has set up a re-election office to prepare for the next poll in 2017.
“I have only gone through one-third of my five-year tenure. I don’t see any government leaders who would decide on whether to go for re-election as only one-third of their term has passed,” Leung said. “This is a future matter.”
There was no re-election office set up for him, he said, as he concluded his two-day trip in Guangdong today.
Leung was responding to a report today in the Oriental Daily’s which quoted “authoritive sources” saying that the central government had backed him staying for his second term in 2017.
On Thursday, another chinese-language daily newspaper Ming Pao also reported that Leung had set up a re-election office to get warmed up for another election, where executive councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fan and New World Development executive director Leonie Ki man-fung – who both helmed the electioneering of Leung in the 2012 race – were among the core members.
The Chief Executive’s Office, however, has hit back saying the report was “groundless”.
“I have neither heard of, nor participated in, the work of the re-election office,” said Law. “I don’t know why there are such rumours.”
Ki, a hard core supporter of Leung, also denied any involvement in the “non-existent” office. She expressed dissatisfaction that some media did not seek her comment before running an article on the issue.